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Massachusetts Drops College Degree Requirement for 90% of Govt. Jobs

Massachusetts Drops College Degree Requirement for 90% of Govt. Jobs

“This Executive Order directs our administration to focus on applicants’ skills and experiences, rather than college credentials”

This is good news and kind of surprising for Massachusetts.

Campus Reform reports:

MA cuts college degree requirements for 90% of state jobs

Massachusetts will no longer require a college degree for a large majority of government jobs due to a new state executive order intended to make the commonwealth more “inclusive.”

Governor Maura Healey signed the order, titled “Instituting Skill-Based Hiring Practices,” on Jan 25. The document asserts that “skills-based hiring practices will strengthen the Commonwealth’s workforce, increase access to quality jobs for nontraditional candidates with varied backgrounds and work experiences, and reduce structural barriers that result in inequities in pay and access to employment.”

It also contends that such practices will build a “workforce that is representative of the diversity of the state.”

The guideline directs hiring managers to “consider the full set of competencies that candidates bring to the job beyond traditional education.”

It prohibits a minimum level of education from being included in job listings “unless the Human Resources Division determines that a particular level of education is necessary to perform the job after completing a job analysis.”

Candidates will now be assessed based on “their skills from real-world experience, military service, apprenticeship and certificate programs, internships, and other on-the-job programs.”

“This Executive Order directs our administration to focus on applicants’ skills and experiences, rather than college credentials,” Healey said in an address announcing the new guidelines. “It will expand our applicant pool and help us build a more inclusive and skilled workforce than ever before.”

Several state labor and education leaders issued statements in support of the order.


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The Gentle Grizzly | February 5, 2024 at 10:27 am

It’s about time.

It is simply a tool to implement affirmative action. I agree that there are a lot of government jobs that don’t need a degree but many do. 90% seems very high.

    angrywebmaster in reply to Massinsanity. | February 5, 2024 at 7:05 pm

    90% of government jobs don’t need to exist in the first place.

    henrybowman in reply to Massinsanity. | February 5, 2024 at 7:14 pm

    “This is good news and kind of surprising for Massachusetts.”

    My tinfoil hat suggests it’s a ploy to enable even more “diversity hiring” than they could successfully shove through all their local diploma mills even despite having pegged every possible AA rheostat to 11.

destroycommunism | February 5, 2024 at 5:15 pm

in fact to make america even MORE inclusive

there is no more border

(well they already thought of that)

as an aside,,the government has also BANNED any discussion on the obvious great merits of affirmative action so that an “inclusive” people wouldnt feel that their very souls or dna are being challenged

destroycommunism | February 5, 2024 at 5:16 pm

patrick chavis

destroycommunism | February 5, 2024 at 5:21 pm

one of the first hirees was 27yo self described female from first native un-named country who will be in charge of Logan Airports take-offs and landings

although she speaks no english and has a 1st grade education

gov succsomesht said this is just more proof that america is a welcoming
country who doesnt need or require any competency as is proven by the very politicians themselves

Fine idea if applied to clerk-typists level of jobs … but an absolutely horrible idea if applied to state jobs that can impact public safety. Do ya want a guy with 5 years experience digging ditches and laying concrete pipes out and about inspecting bridges? Or verifying the safety of houses and other buildings after a natural event? Or performing inspections in nuclear plants? Or designing and inspecting roads? Or approving plans for houses and high rises? Ditto the electrical, mechanical and civil engineering disciplines? Do ya want some guy that built his first PC from parts bought at Newegg working on the computers and software of banks, the unemployment dept, hospitals etc. Many disciplines that effect public safety could be impacted.

It’s a crap idea from crap leadership.

Might as well do that for teachers as well; they are now required to have a Masters to teach after 5 years.

Given the quality of college education, and the fact that they take mostly progressive education courses, there’s no point anymore.

Many of them can’t write or spell correctly.